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How entrepreneurs can prioritize veteran recruitment
Forbes
Veteran unemployment in America is fast becoming a national travesty. Just recently, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Florida highlighting her new "Joining Forces" initiative to get companies to hire more veterans. For good reason, too, when you consider that the unemployment rate for our returned veterans nationally sits stuck in double-digits at 10 percent — vs. 7 percent for everyone else.
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Goodwill programs help veterans transition into workforce
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jerry Jones spent 16 years maintaining multimillion dollar equipment at U.S. Air Force bases around the world. When an injury pushed him into a medical retirement, he picked up a couple college degrees and parlayed them into a career as a juvenile justice officer. Yet despite his combination of military and civilian work experience, Jones had little left to support him and his wife when they recently moved to Austin, Texas. They were living out of their car while fruitlessly searching for work.
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Pennsylvania state police entice veterans to join ranks
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania's state police hope to entice active military personnel, veterans and full-time cops to join its ranks by allowing them to replace college credits with work experience. Gov. Tom Corbett announced that, effective immediately, state police cadets can get a waiver on some, or all, of required college credits if they served in the military or law enforcement for a certain amount of time.
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College campuses help centralize veteran services
The Gazette
Maryland's Montgomery County is looking to its public colleges to link to military veteran services, on and off their campuses. The schools already have veterans in mind: Montgomery College serves student veterans in its Combat to College Program and the Universities at Shady Grove campus has made several changes to its veteran services this fall.
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Cuts to military retirement increases likely to become law, but critics vow to keep fighting
Stars and Stripes
Recently, veterans advocates and their Senate Republican backers vowed to fight until the end to stop a budget deal that includes cuts to military retirement increases. A 67-33 procedural vote in the Senate shortly after that press conference put the budget deal on a likely path to becoming law. Now, those opponents will have to gear up for a fight next year to repeal or replace the cuts.
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Female veterans battle for benefits at home
Florida Courier
When Xatavia Hughes, the granddaughter of a military man, went to serve in Iraq, she was prepared to prove herself to the male soldiers. "My grandfather was tough and strong. That is how I was brought up: 'Don't let it get to you. Show them,'" the 28-year-old mother of two said. And she did. It was only after she returned from a war zone to Chicago in December 2010 that Hughes began to feel tested.
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Mental health programs for troops, vets get star-power boost
Military Times
Oscar and Tony winner Glenn Close lent her star power to legislation that would help improve community mental health services, including programs for veterans with service-related behavioral health conditions. Close, who founded the mental health advocacy group Bring Change 2 Mind after learning her sister suffered from bipolar disorder, said the issue needs to emerge from behind closed doors.
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Medical retirees included in COLA reductions
Military Times
Military personnel who are medically retired — those with combat or service-related injuries so severe they were offered full military retirement pay and benefits — will see their retired pay cut as a result of the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said recently.
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Navy veterans charity scammer sentenced to 28 years
TPM
John Donald Cody, the man who as "Bobby Thompson" ran the sham U.S. Navy Veterans Association, was sentenced to 28 years in prison, according to ABC News.

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Female veterans battle for benefits at home
Chicago Tribune via Military.com
When Xatavia Hughes, the granddaughter of a military man, went to serve in Iraq, she was prepared to prove herself to the male soldiers. And she did. It was only after she returned from a war zone to Chicago in December 2010 that Hughes began to feel tested.

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Hiring MBAs? You should be looking at NCOs
Forbes
Co-founder and chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services Col. David Sutherland writes: "The GMAC survey said that U.S.-based companies planning to hire MBAs are focused on both growth and efficiency. But you won't find anyone more qualified and with more experience than a noncommissioned officer."

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